A little addition to the last post, one of my experiences on a train.

Last year I spent a couple of weeks working my way though Europe and briefly just out of it between Berlin and Milan, as part of this trip I decided it would be a good idea to take advantage of a couple of sleeper trains, transport and accommodation all rolled into one. You do miss some landscape and in Europe this can be a shame, but I had limited time and decided it would be best for a couple of legs.

Now apart from border control at 01:00 and limited facilities which I can live with I had one small challenge to overcome. Its something I really should have realised. I’ve seen many pictures of sleeper cabins and countless ones on T.V. but I didn’t quite appreciate the size of a bunk on a train.

What you have to know is I am 6’2″ (188 cm) tall and its about 2′ (60 cm) across my shoulders, in short I’m not a small guy – the bunks I experienced were not exactly spacious.

It hasn’t put me off using sleeper trains again, but don’t be as dumb as I was.

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I have always loved rail travel, I remember travelling down to London for a day trip on a Saturday with my parents as a child. Maybe they are partly responsible after all.

A three hour journey down to Kings Cross Station, getting there around 10:00 and then the same 3 hours back late that afternoon. Since then it allowed me to get home from University for three years (always with a big bag of washing), travel across Europe, Australia and of the UK.

There are limitations to trains, its not point to point, it is relatively slow and in some countries can be a little less than prompt and reliable, but that is half the fun of it.

There are some fantastic on-line resources but my favourites are The Man In Seat 61 and is really the source of so much information about world train travel its hardly worth mentioning any others, but ill mention a couple more handy resources. Bahn.de which gives a reasonably reliable searchable Europe wide timetable and a book, well a series of books by Thomas Cook – the Overseas Timetables. Thomas cook also produce rail maps for Europe and the UK & Ireland, not essential but I love maps.